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grievance surrounding the u.s. marine corps. it may be that he feels he's been wronged by the corps and his professional or personal live. >> another shooting this morning at the museum. the fourth shooting in the last two weeks at a litary facility. good afternoon. i'm pat lawson muse. and i'm jim handly. we have a busy day in the news. that story and more shaping up but we are also following breaking news out of new york. >> a commercial passenger jet from yemen has just landed at jfk airport. military jets escorted the plane from the canadian border. investigators confirm a suspicious package on board the plane. we'll have more in a minute as well as president obama addressing the nation about this coming up at 4:15. > the fbi is urging the gurnman to surrender before someone gets hurt. this latest shooting today is at the same location as the first
which was followed by shootings at the pentagon and at the marine recruiting center in chantilly, virginia. the other three shootings are linked byallistics and official are working on the assumption that this latest shooting is also linked. tracee wilkins has the latest. >> reporter: another shooting investigation is underway at the national museum of the marine corps. this after police confirmhots have been fired for the second time in two weeks. into the national museum. and just like before, police stay incident happened overnight. >> the shots hit on the west side of the museum on the interstate 95 side. we know the are several shots. the buding is unoccupied during those hours so we don't know the exact time. >> reporter: so far they're not saying how many shs are fired but they're confirming there were no injuries. it is the fourth shooting in less than two weeks involving military installations in northern virginia. ree of the shootings have been
connected. the first happened on october 17th a sunday at the marine corps museum. they say ten rounds were fired into the building no people were hurt. then shots were fired from 395 into the pentagon. agn, no one was hurt. but that led officials back to the marine corps museum to reexamine what they initially thought was simple vandalism. then this past tuesday, more shots fired into a vacant marine recruiting station in chantilly. officials say bullets at all three locations ca from the same gun. >> we're cognizant of the fact that he has attempted to avoid casualties by acting during the nighttime and not business hours. we understand he may feel a great deal of stress in his life at this moment. however, releaving the stress by shootings at buildings puts others at risk regardless of steps taken to avoid unintended victims. we do not believe there is an intention to harm innocent
citizens or marines. acting out in this way can eventually lead to disastrous and tragic consequences that we all wish to avoid. >> reporter: tracee wilkins, news4. >> authorities are profiling the suspect as someone who has gone through a significant persona crisis lately. like losing a j or status. gone through a divorce or financial hardship. perhaps the death of a loved one. and they say he may have had to make an cuse. breaking his usual routine while he was doing the shootings. coming up at 5:00 tonight, we'll have a live update on this investigation including reaction from a marine on the impact of the shootings. this latest incident comes days before thousan of runners from aroundhe world come to washington for the marine corps marathon. ten different police agencies will be providing security before, during, and after the race. there will be several security check points for all participants. the ashburn virginia man charged with plotting to blow up
metro stations will stay in jail for now. 34-year-old farooque ahmed was arrested wednesday. he had a detention hearing today in alexandria. during the hearing that lasted less than two minutes, ahmed's lawyers said he would not fight thedetention. he was there but he said nothing. he is accused of plotting to attack metro stations with people he thought were members of al qaeda that were actually fbi agents conducting undercover sting operation. no additional court dates have been set. a suspicious package close the mcpherson square metro station for several hours. the package was found around 16th street and treet northwest around 5:30 this morning. thepackage was eventlly blown up. it turned out to be harmless. the latest on a developing story this afternoon. authorities on three continents are investigating suspicious packages that were shipped by an airplane to religious sites in chicago. this discovery prompted a
warning to the president who then directed u.s. intelligence agencies to take action. just about a half-hour ago, fighter jets as we mentioned at the top of the broadcast, escorted a flight from yemen as it landed at jfk airport in new york. steve handelsman has more. it started last night at east midland's airport in england. acting on a tip, police searched ups shipments and found the suspicious package bound for the u.s. it was a principler toner cartridge, something like this, the police say had been at werd wires visible. also, the shipment had come from yemen. for ten years since the attack on the ussole that killed 17 american sailors, it has increasingly, in dubai, a second suspicious u.s. bound package from yemen turned up. >> because of the yemen element, this brought eveone to a very
high state of anxiety inside the u.s. government quickly. >> president obama ordered downer measures. at philadelphia's airport, they were isoling and searching two ups planes with cargo from yemen. cae networks carried it live. another plane was in newark. nearby in queens, a truck was searched. >> a package was identified as being of concern, has been examined. habeen cleared. the envelope we have here had no wires. it appears to be a bank receipt. >> reporter: likewise on the planes, nothing suspicious was found. this is the one cleared from newark, landing at the ups hub in uisville. but officials are heightening security. one of the parcels sent from yemen was addressed to a chicago synagogue. police warn jewish officials to guard againstçó shipments from yemen, sau arabia and britain.
and the department of homeland security announced stricter checks of passengers and cargo. what they called an unpredictable mix. e specifics, kept secret. ups and fed-ex have both announced they w't ship any cargo from yemen. nbc news, washington. >> the president plans to address this situation coming up at 4:15. we'll bring that to you live en it happens. outside today, what temperature change. we are now under a freeze warning. parts of the area under a freeze warning. other neighborhoods under just a frost advisory. it all epends, one thing is for sure. it will be cold tonight so bundle up. here's a look at the national weather service. the frost advisories posted for areas of howard county through montgomery county, fairfax, prince william and down to the south around stafford and king george county. then the lighter blue, we've got
a freezewarning posted. for areas of loudoun county, frederick, rappahannock as well as culpeper and off to the west. the temperatures will be dropping down into the 30s and low 30s. and a lot of neighborhoods west tonight. we've got shaky cam. it's bn gusty today. look at the current wind gusts. up to 36 miles an hour. you folks around sterling up into loudoun county. 30-mile-r-hour wind gusts over martinsburg. friends in baltimore. the winds will subside a bit tonight and theemperatures will get a chance to drop. we've ly gotten into the 50s today and again we're heading into the 30s tonight. a little windchill. our gusty winds right now. your good night forecast, we'll lose whatever clouds we've had around the area. it will be a clear nigh and a cold night. we'll drop to 52 degrees by 7:00 and then 49 by 9:00. sun sets today at 6:11. a freeze watch again for toght, or a freeze warning for
some. a frost advisory for others. a real autumn weekend coming our way and even colder conditions coming our way next week. we'll give you the details in a few. thanks. did he or didn't he? former president bill clinton is denying reports thathe tried persuade a democrat to drop out of florida senate race in hopes of defeating a tea party republican. brian moore has our report. >> reporter: with the mid-term elections four days away, democrats have all but concede florida's open senate seat. but underdog kendra meek refuses to give up despite a heart to heart with former president bill clinton. >> i belie that we will win in the general election but i am not going to sell out. >> reporter: the republican turned independent charlie crt has a chance of winning with republican help. if not, tea party republican marco rubio is headed to washington and he expects plenty of compa. >> we're the only ones running th have ideas.
we're the only ones running with solutions. >> reporter: republicans are poised to take control of the house but democrats are struggling to close the gap them y get some help from a mock rally this weekend in the nation's capital by comedians jon stewart and stephen colbert. it is expected to attract the same people needed at the polls on tuesday. >> i'm pretty independent. i vote for who i feel is most qualified. >> reporter: president obama isn't giving up but he is already looking ahead. >> the political fever will be over soon. when it does, all of us will have a respsibility. democrats and republicans. to work together. >> reporter: but first, a few more days of fighting that will decide washington's balance of power. a lot can happen between now and tuesday. the latest polls suggesting big election day for republicans. on capitol hill, brian moore, news4. will. well, pack your patience if you're going into downtown d.c. tomorrow. the dueling rallies hosted by comedy central jon stewart and
stephen colbert are tomorrow. an estimated 150,000 people are expected to attend. the so-called rally to restore elephant and or fear is a way to energize younger vots before election day. that story in a moment and we're following breaking news out of new york. a commercial passenger jet out of yemen has just landed. military jets escorted it from the nadian border. investigators confirm a suspicious package on board. we're following this developing story. story. the presid take a closer look at keith fimian anhis inspection business. fimian's former bur
this is live that i can if you are from jfk airport. you're looking at a commercial passenger jet from yemen that has just landed. investigors confirm a suspicious package on board. suspicious packages shipped from yemen may be part of a dry run r a terror plot. this investigation is spanning across three continents. >> this afternoon authorities are loking into suspicious packages on cargo planes that have originated in yemen. we will bring you the president's comments in just a moment. meanwhile -- we will continue this story.
the packages were discovered in london and dubai late last night. one of the packages contains a toner cartridge, some wires and powder discovered during a routine cargo screening. this all has prompted a series of steps by homeland security to determine if in fact there is a terror plot underway or whether this was a dry run. intelligence officials have been monitoring the plot for days. official alertedresident obama to a potential terrorist thre. we are expecting a public statement from him in an nbc news special report from the white house coming up at any moment now and we'll bring it to you when that happens. anwhile, a case of insomnia saved a man's life in australia. a man who lived in this house had just gotten out of bed at 2:00 in the morning because he could not sleep. he was using his computer in another room when a car cam crashing into his house and
landed on his bed. the home owner when he heard the noise, he figured it was an earthquake. he ran outside an saw the car in his bedroom. police say the driver hit a median, went airborne and landed in the hoe. no one suffered serious injury this. wall street wound up the day relatively flat. although it closes out the month on a strong note up about 3%. in the stngest october in four years. he an lists say for the most part, investor and traders are waiting on next week's election day. 81 years ago today, america suffered the greatest stock market crash in history that kicked off a 12-year economic slump. that crash is still responsible for the way some people deal with the market, even today. with the help of the how-to website monkey see.com, financial adviser rick adelman busts some common myths about the market. >> reporter: it's once again october and we'll recall the
october crash of 1929. which kicked off the great depression. it occurred over 80 years ago but it is still responsible for shaping how people view the stock market. because of that crash and all the crashes since, you beeve inhe following two statements. one, stock prices rise and fall. and two, stock market is risky, volatile and unpredictable. neither statement is true. sure on, any given day, stock prices do rise and fall. but the real story is that when stock prices rise, they do so a lot for long periods. and when they fall, they only fall little bit for a short time. as for the notion of the stock market's risky, volatile and unpredictable, sure, prices change ily. when you invest money, you're not investing for just a few days. you're investing for years. even decades. for important goals like college and retirement. so looking at daily or monthly price changes is pointless.
so instead, look at long term results to match your long term goals. and when you do that, you discover that the stock market isn't so unpredictable or volatile overall. in the 80 ten-year periodssince 1926, the s&p 500 stock index made money 95% of thetime. and in every 15-year period or longer the stock market made money 100% of the time. so when you think about the crash of '29, well, maybe we should stop thinng about it anyway and focus instead on the long term. >> tha you, rick. to hear his advice again, vis our home page. nbcwashington.com and search stocks. once again we're following a live story this afternoon. these are live pictures at jfk airport. a plane with a suspicious package from yemen has just landed. escorted from the canadian
it's cooling off outñr ther. >> really cooling off out there. it will be a very chilly overnight. we're talking about some ice crystals showing up on our lawns tomorrow morning. then likely to have a freeze in some spots west of the area. some mostly cloudy skies. it will be still windy as we go through the evening. and cool. we'll drop from 56 to 52. e sun sets at 6:11. by tomorrow morning, a cold start between 30 and 40 degrees. we've got a west wind at five to ten miles an hour morrow morning. 57 to 61. feeling a lot like fall around here. we'll get a little wind. the high for tomorrow, 60 degrees. lots of sunine, halloween right now. the temperature, 63 degrees.
mostly sunny skies. the early part of next week. it looks like we'll be cooling down even more. 55 to 57 monday and tuesday. maybe some rain by thursday next week. ? >> working with our fends and allies, identified two suspicious packages bound for the united states. specifically two places of jewish worship in chicago. those packages have been located in dubai and east midland airports in the united kingdom. initial examination of those packages has determined that they do apparently contain explosive material. i was tloertd this threat last night by my top counter terrorism adviser. i directed the department of homeland security and all our law enforcement and intelligence agencies to take whatever steps are necessary to protect our citizens from this type of
attack. those measures led to additional screening some of planes in newark and philadelphia. the department of homeland security is also taking steps to enhance the safety o air travel, including additional cargo screening. we will continue to pursue additional protective measures for as long as it takes to ensure the safety and security of our citizens. i have also directed that we spare no effort in investigating the origins of these suspicious packages and their connecon to any additional terrorist plotting. although we are stillursuing all the facts, we do know the packages originated in yemen. we also know that al qaeda in the arabian peninsula, a terrorist group base in yemen, continues to plan attacks against our homeland, our citizens, and our friends and allies. john brennan whom you will be hearing from, spoke with president sala of yemen today
about the seriousness ofhis threat. d he pledged the full cooperation of the yemeni government in this investigation. going forward, we will continue to strengthen our cooperation with the yemeni government to disrupt plotting by al qaeda in the arabian peninsula and to destroy this al qaeda affiliate. we will also continue to strengthen a more stable, secure and prosperous yemen so the terrorist groups do not have the time and space they need to plan attacks within its borders. the events of the past 24 hours underscores the necessity of remaining vigilant against terrorism. as usual, our intelligence and homeland security professionals have served with extraordinary skill and resolve and with the commitment that will their enormous responsibilities demand we're also koord naigt closely and effectively with our friends
and allies who are essential to this fight. as we obtain more information, we'll keep the public fully informed. but at this stage, the american people should know that the counter terrorm professionals are taking this threat very seriously and are taking all necessary and prudent steps to ensure o security. the american people should be confident that we will not waver in our solve to rout out violen extremism in all its forms. thank you veryuch. >> a brief statement by president obama and among the first words he used was the word credible. we go right back to our washington newsroom. and also, chuck todd who has already taken his position in the briefing room. chuck, what stood out to you from either the president's content or demeanor there? >> well, the fact of the brevity
of the statement itself, number one, and number two, the fact that it was john brennan who has been reaching out to yemen, not the president at this poichblt clearly, there seem to be some consternation at the fact that once again, yemen seems to be the center of another attempted something on the united states. whether a full-fledd attack, a dry run, that of course is something we hope to hear more about from john brennan when he briefs us in a few minutes. >> and chuck todd, that's right. that is the question mark. what will happen here is in the briefing room, john brennan who is in charge of national security there, will come out and give reporters more details. let's go to our washington newsroom. and pete williams, pete, you've been following this. what arewe, 14 hours into this, i'm guessing. how did the president's statement just in terms of our knowledge of what this was?
>> a little, i would say, but not much more than. that he id it was apparently, these devices apparently contained explosive materials. and you know, the law enforcement community has been going back and forth all day. because the u.s. is not doing the sting. so they're waiting for the word from the authorities in dube sxi the u.k. ev if it turns t that they did contain some kindof explosive material, i'm not sure that still tells us what was behind the motive here. it doesn't appear that these things were intended to blow up while the blaeplanes were in fl or when the packages were open. soit m still be consistent that this was intended to be a test or intended to frighten people. we still don't have a good idea of what the reason was for trying to send these packages to the u.s. >> our richard engel has been saying, you've heard him today, in his experience, so many years in iraq and afghanistan, often u.s. forces would find fake
ieds, the purpose of which was for the ennotice watch and see how the u.s. and coalition partners would respond to the discovery of an ied. this, he has been saying all day, could be that. when you think about it, does anyone really think a device like this will makeit all the way to a synagogue in chicago and would anyone really bother, forgive the term, to want to take down a cargo aircraft with minimal crew members on board? >> that's exactly the question law enforcement is asking. because this still could be, even though, even if it does turn out to have real explosive material in it, it still could be a fake bomb. not a working bomb. one designed to scare. so a test of the security system is an obvious possibility. another is just to say, look. we're al qaeda in the arabian peninsula and we can still scare you. we can disrupt your cargo system. >> you've looked at the same
photo pose have been released that i have on the weand on television. one of them shows an almost schematic looking, an x-ray of what is clearly, if you spent any time in an office, a toner cartridge. that radio kind of circuit board could be anything. as you mentioned, this could be trace amounts of explosives, for all we know, designed to send a message. take people off on the wrong tangent. i heard crawford today, even if you take the most pungent explosive available on the market today, there is only so much balllast power in that siz. >> a lot of good questions. one of the things they want to know, what is the point of that little circuit board thing with the battery on it and the wires on it. there was no real attempt to conceal it. this was a relatively crudely done. so you can see that thing is
sort of clamped on to the ouide of the toner cartridge. so what was the point of that? that's what they're trying to figure out. if this was fake, they'll say so. if it wasntended to work, i mean, they're trying to reverse engineer it and see what all that stuff was supposed to do. >> it looks like the backing of one of the a.m. radios you and i took apart as kids, held on by three regular head screws and some rudimentary white plastic. this could all make sense when we start learning a little bit more about what this all meant. was it meant merely as a scare? merely to tie up, say, cargo air travel as we approach the.s. elections? >> right. it has disrupted it some. the u.k. has stopped any cargo flights from yemen to the u.k. federal express has said it won't ship any packages from yemen to the united states. so it has disrupted them to the
extent, there are no packages cong from yemen into the u.s. but beyond, tt it really hasn't disrupted internal shipments in the u.s. >> pete william in our washington newsroom. we'll go back across town to robert gibbs, the press secretary, is at the podium. he will introduce mr. brennan. >> to determine whether these threats part of any additional terrorist plot. john freud br john provided additional updates. from 11:00.m. on thursday to 12:00 a.m. on friday, brennan held a phone call to discuss the threat with janet that a polytanno, robert muller, tsa administrator, and officials from the central intelligence agency. at 1:00 a.m. on friday, brennan and senior director nicholas rasmussen of the national
security staff held a secure video teleconference to discuss the twlet official from across the intelligence community including nsa, cia, tsa, nctc and fbi. as well as the faa, the state department, the department of homeland security, northern command, the coast guard, and other white house officials. at 5:15 a.m., brennan held a phone call with british deputy secretary, deputy surity adviser robin to receive an update on the suspicious package identified in the east midlands in the united kingdom. robins held a second call on the same topic. at 8:00 a.m., john held a secure teleconference to hold a conference with cia, dod, fbi, tsa, cvt, nsa, dhs and faa. at 9:15, john held a phone call to discuss the threat with president sala of yemen.
at 10:00 a.m., brennan held a phone ll to discuss the threat again with director muller, and a third phone call with robins shortly after that. at 10:0015 a.m., the security adviser tom donlan discuss the twlet the president at the president's daily brief. these the activities from this morning that were coordinated out of white house. obviously, go this, as you can see from the rundown, has encompassed activities throhout the government but encies also we doing a lot and have been doing a lot since we were first made the president aware last evening. i'm going to direct some traffic while john answers some questions. i will remind you thathis is an active investigation involving sensitive inteigence so there is a limit to what he will be able to talk about here.
>> mr. brennan, if you could talk about what you know beyond the fact that this was from yemen and there were people in yes, ma' yemen who want to harm us. >> i think as hesaid, this is an active and ongoing investigation. we're working closely with our partners in yemeand the united arab emirates as well as the united kingdom and other countries. we know that they've been trying to carry out attacks against u.s. and western interests, as well as against yemenis. as we continue with this investigation, we are trying to understand who is behind it. reonsibility. and make sure that we understand e scope of the threat that we might face. we've identified these two packages right now. what we're trying to do now is make sure that we are able to address any other threats that
might be out there. >> you said you've identifi two. what about reports there are up to 15 packages that are out there? is that possible? >> what we are doing is making sure we take a close look at other packages that might also have some type of materials in them of concern. both these pacges that we've identified to da originated in yemen. so i think it is very prudent to make sure other packages that might be coming in similar routes are looked at very carefully. there are only two packages now that have materials of concern. >> the president described this as a credible terrorist threat against the united states. can you say whether this was an attempted attack or me sort of practice down the line? >> as the president noted, there were materials in these packages.
that they were in a form that was designed to try to carry out some type of attack. the forensic analysis is underway. we are relying heavily and working closely with the partners in this regard. but clearly, from the initial observation, the initial analysis that's done, the material that were found and the device that was uncovered was intended to do harm. >> do harm. do you have any- >> secrets at the white house, john brennan in his capacity as naonal security director. you saw robertgibbs, the press secretary. to clear thing up, there is no clearing up. there is a lot we don't know. a lot of people will ve a really hard time believing these devices really were serious explosives in any way. they look so rudimentary. it is such a strange series of events. but that sometimes is the nature of kind of modern day terrorism
in our new post 9/11 era. there is a lot we don't know. there is perhaps more the government knows but can't share at this point. we'll have complete coverage all day long, all evening on cable on msnbc. also, of course, tonight, our complete reporting and wrap-up of the day and what we know on "nbc nightly news" from my colleagues in washington. brian williams, nbc news, new york. you've been watching an nbc news special report. we'll have much more on the story of the suspicious packages originating in yemen that have been shipped to the u.s. we've got a lot more news to come after this short break.
welcome back. i'm jim handly. >> i'm pat lawson mue. new developments in the gulf oil disaster. federal investigators say they've uncovered evidence that both halliburton and bp knew there were critical problemsn the deepwater horizon rig. the explosion killed 11 crew members and led to the worst oil spill in u.s. history. jay gray has the story. >> reporter: a presidential commission investigating the explosion and collapse of the deepwater horizon well has uncovered documentthat show two separate tests by cement contractor halliburton two months before the accident, indicated the cement mixture used on the rig was unstable.
>> the cement is the very first line of defense against the flow of oil and gas to the surface. >> reporte halliburton apparently alerted bp about the results of one of the failed tests but no action was taken. >> bp kept going through red light after red light. and the inevitable accident occurred. >> reporter: another test just a week before the explosion showed a slightly different cement mixture was still unstable. halliburton never shared that information with bp. instead the company apparently changed the testing protocol and got one good test. and that's the data halliburton had after the explosion. >> they ignored it as well as halliburton did. if there is negligence on both sides. >> reporter: these pictures are from semitests requested by the commission and carried out by independent engineers from chevron. after nineruns, their report
says we were unable to generate stable foam with any of the tests. halliburton questions the materials usedin those chevron tests and in a written statement says that early tests were pilot or preliminary tests. it goes on to say bp knew there re problems and that the results of those tests were misinterpreted by its own transocean employees on the rig. this h they accurately interpreted the tests, remedial action if necessary would have been possible. there has been no response from bp and so far, ceo bob dudley has declined an invitation to stify before the congressional committee investigating the disaster. jay gray, nbc news. new security screening machines are coming to dulles airport over the next few week, airport official will install advanced imaging technology. the maines take x-rays of passengers. an image that only a security officer can see then pops up on
a screen. passengers uncomfortable with that process can opt out and be screened another way. officials say the new machines will make flying safer. they are already being used at reagan national and bwi. some scary moments aboard an american airlines flight on tuesday after a two-foot hole opened up in the side of the plane while it was in flight. these pictures were taken by a passenger aboard the flight. as it traveled from miami up to boston. the boeing 757 had 154 passengers and six crew members aboard. passengers say they heard an explosion coming from outside the plane just before the cabin lost pressure. and oxygen masks deployed. >> theights were going on and off. thnoises were on and off. people were hysterical. they were crying, screaming, grabbing on to each other. >> the pilot turned the ane around and made an emergency landing in miami. fortunately no one was hurt. the ntsb is investigating what causthat had hole in the
it's going to be good weather if you're running in the marine corps marathon. not so good for raking. >> we'll have aittle wind around this weekend. putting those leaves in the bag may be a challenge. we're talking about your phots, too, of halloween that you've been sending in to us. that's the kind of sky we have. the clouds, those will be heading out of here. so mostly clear skies during the overnight. look at this. that's her dog there on the side. that's a rockville, maryland.
weather at nbc weather.com. the gorgeous fall color. know that today a lot of those leaves wer yanked, pulled off the trees. so we're at peak colorful 57 is the temperature with the wind we have out of the northwest at 21 miles per hour. we have a windchi of 53 degrees. we're talking about a frosty start for howard county, areas in montgomery county and fairfax and prince william. frosty there but likely to see freezing temperatures in areas off to the blue there in loudoun county, fauquier, rappahannock. we're in the 50s now. clear skies. we dropped to 39 to 40 degrees by tomorrow morning,outlying areas in the low 30s. high tomorw, 60 degrees. 60 degrees in most locations. lots of sunshine for the marine corps marathon to start 45 to 50. that's sunday morning at 8:00 a.m. by the finish. 63, the high temperature and by
the time we get to halloween, yeah, a lot of folks go trick or treat on saturday but halloween is sunday. 56 to 60 degrees. it will be cool and breezy between 5:00 and 8:00 p.m. a quick look at the seven-day forecast right now. the cooldown big time next week. even mor we could have a bit of a cold rain coming our way thursday of next week. >> thanks. we're working several developing stories and we'll be developing stories and we'll be back later after this break to bob ehrlich'24 years in politics. in congress ehrlich voted with george bush 90% of the time, protecting the special interests. as governor, ehrlich cut education, increased college tuition by 40%, and vetoed aincrease in the minimum wage. and after losing his election, bob ehrlich joined a lobbying fir
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we have a halloween edition of ask liz today. our first question comes from colleen in montgomery village, maryland. colleen nts to know what she can do to make her carved pumpkins last longer. >> we went to the pumpkin carvin101.com in the cherry hill farm. they said the reason pumpkins rot is because they become dehydrat. you can do several things to restore the moture. try soaking them in water overnight. you can also coat all of the cut surfaces with petroleum jelly after carving them. the jelly sealshe moisture in to slow down the dehydration process. other tricks like keeping it out of direct sunlight and putting it in the frig overnight. that will help your pumpkins last longer. i think that's a good idea. >> if you have the shelf space in that frig. our second spooky question come from liz. she wants to know how to keep squirrelrom eating her
jack-o-lanter jack-o-lanterns. >> these not worried about dehydration. she's worried about squirrels. squirrels love pumpkins so one option is a two pumpkin sttegy. carve one for your front step and leave one out for the squirrel. put their pumpkin out in the yard. that way those lazy squirrel will petene and leave yours alone. you can also try to put something noisy like aluminum foil near your doorstep to annoy them and you can even t pep perring your pumpkin. run it inside. squirrels will probably leave i alone. >> that will do the trick. i like that pepper part. last question. come from several concerned parents in our area themselves wanto know how to keep their children safe halloween night. >> we did check with the food and drug administration. it had some tips. you want to have your kids wear those flame retardant materials. look for the words flame resistance and choose flame resistant fabric like polyester
or nylon. have your kids wear bright reflective costumes. use reflective tape. put that on the stume to make them more visible and paint their face rather than having them wearmasks. by the way, for a cplete list for a safer halloween, t go nbcwashington.com and search halloween safety tips. coming up at 5:00, we don't have an ask liz. we have a special report that we call t million-dollar mistake. >> we all need to see it. >> if you have a checking account, money moves too quickly out of your account, it wasn't your fault, we'll tell you how the protect yourself. >> we're following some breaking news in northwest washington. poli are investigating a triple shooting. it happened about an hour ago along madison street. we're will one person has bee killed. police say the gunman took off in a stolen metro access car with a woman in her 60s in back seat. darcy spencer is following a
theris a new development in a disturbing story. a grief stricken couple in georgia found out they had even more to cope with after their daughter died in a car crash. a firighter is accused. shooting cell phone video of the victim and passing it around. nbc's ron mott picks up the story. >> reporter: the video is too
grapc for tv but the audio is just as chilling. authorities say georgia fifighter near atlanta used his cell phone to videotape the body of 23-year-old dana. a mother of two killed in a car crash this summer. video that eventually ended up in her parents' hands and on the internet. >> the damage is done. >> reporter: now they told their story last week got their wish. the firefighter is getting fired from the spalding county fire department. a call was not returned. >> if he saw her for what he -- if he is sorry for wh he did, an apology would be nice. we need to forgive him and we probably can in time. >> reporter: they are angry by what they call a viotion of their daughter's privacy and a lack of concern for her well being by first responders. authorities say she died instantly. >> all they did was take her
picturend walk around her and informing flashlight here. yeah, it's etched in my mind. i don't like it. tonight at 5:00, we're following two breaking stories. the marine corps museum in virginia is targeted again. marking the fourth attack on a local military facility. but first, investigators want to know if a string of suspicious packages was a dry run for terrorists to send bombs through the mail to our country. good evening, everybody. on a busy night for news. i'm jim handly. >> right now, authorities are investigating a potential terror threat after suspicious packages were call on cargo planes in england an